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    commanteer

    What is it with these countless 50-something year old men with massive chips on their shoulders in Japan? I run into them almost everyday. I'm assuming it's the economy, combined with bad personal habits (such as drinking). Still, it's like they never grew up. 17 year old juvenile delinquents in a 57 year old body.

    Posted in: Man rams car into police station in Kitakyushu

  • -1

    commanteer

    therefore they need to be held to a high standard

    The problem with this thinking is that it's a disingenuous way of saying that Israel's neighbors need to be held to a lower standard, as though they are incapable of living up to the standards we set for others. It's a subliminal expression of racism, buried in a message of "support."

    Posted in: Silent protest held in Tokyo against Gaza bloodshed

  • 5

    commanteer

    A hunter who shoots through a thicket at a target he cannot clearly see deserves all the punishment he gets. How can such a person be allowed to handle a gun, as strict as the gun laws are here?

    Posted in: Deer hunter shot and killed by fellow hunter

  • -6

    commanteer

    One has to wonder, with all the terror and bloodshed in that region, that people get most upset about Israel. Palestinians and children are being slaughtered by the 1000s next door in Syria, and I don't see any support for them.

    What is it that makes Israel special? Why are Hamas, brutal and corrupt as they are, getting so much love? While Israel, which has done so much for the world in creativity and advancements, is treated as the source of evil? Not that they are blameless, but they are leagues ahead of their neighbours and enemies in the region.

    There is clearly something else going on in the minds of many protestors, and it isn't pretty.

    Posted in: Silent protest held in Tokyo against Gaza bloodshed

  • 1

    commanteer

    Prices are absurd. Why should I pay 800 yen for a processed, flavorless and not especially healthy lunch at McDonald's when I can have my choice of great lunches made from fresh ingredients for that same price all around town?

    If McDonald's is no longer inexpensive, then I don't see the point of its existence anymore. How can a giant company with massive buying power and mass production not beat the pricing of individually owned restaurants that buy and sell fresh and carefully prepared ingredients?

    Nobody wants "gourmet" burgers from McDonald's when they are surrounded by real gourmet. (And how is it that none of these wonderful burgers have fresh lettuce and tomato?) Give us the basics, with cheap prices. It can't be that difficult.

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  • -6

    commanteer

    It could even be Putin doing it to make the Ukraine look bad. He was most likely behind blowing up apartment buildings full of Russians in Moscow to gain support for his war on Chechnya. This wouldn't be all that different. But we will likely never know.

    Posted in: Int'l probe demanded after Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine

  • 10

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    Jack66, I've got young daughters too, but I'm more worried about them growing up in a police state that might send them off to jail for expressing themselves as artists. If anything is twisted in this story, it's the police arresting this woman.

    Posted in: Arrest of Tokyo vagina artist sparks free expression protest

  • 1

    commanteer

    I don't agree with the thinking that all pervs eventually escalate to rape, but in this case he's already 95% of the way there. He physically assaulted a woman and ripped off her undergarments. Moving on to rape will not be much of a leap for this guy. Hope they catch him soon.

    Posted in: Woman robbed of underwear while walking home

  • 6

    commanteer

    So, this scumbag took a 13-14 year old girl to a live hotel and then denies any indecent acts? Really? And, how stupid is this little trout for going along with him in the first place? The pair of them need a good slap up the side of the head!

    Not fair. You can't expect a 13 year old to always make good decisions. This doesn't mean she is stupid or a bad person. She's a kid making a bad decision with the "assistance" of a fully grown adult. Again, a kid.

    The problem is that most people forget how stupid they were as kids. That's one reason to keep a diary - so you can discover how stupid you really were once. Otherwise we forget.

    Posted in: Mie police officer arrested for indecent acts with school girl

  • 0

    commanteer

    Open the doors and windows and take off your clothes. Unless of course you're paranoid about nudity. But I can tell you without a doubt that it's great to garden that way!

    You have obviously never gardened in Japan. Every bit of skin you leave exposed will be attacked by mosquitoes, countless unidentified bugs and whatever the heck else causes rashes or skin irritation. Try it naked... no way. There would be nothing left of you.

    On the other hand, gardening while well protected and well covered means quite a sweat. Coming inside will feel much cooler afterwards.

    Posted in: What is the most environmentally friendly way to keep cool in summer?

  • 1

    commanteer

    Cutting seats is a compulsive action, especially for a grown man. I'd be surprised if he hadn't done it habitually. I think it is routine for police to tell someone "Tell us all the other crimes you've committed and we'll go easier on you. If you hold back and we connect you with others crimes, you'll get the full charges on those as well."

    I am certain there are cases where people are pushed to confess to crimes they haven't committed (so the cops can "solve" more cases), but this is not likely to be one of them.

    Posted in: Man arrested for cutting seats on Keisei line trains

  • 2

    commanteer

    Most Japanese managers in China are good. You do get the occasional know-it-all loudmouth who has been getting with shooting his mouth off in Japan (where people like that are politely tolerated) for years - and thinks he can continue that way in China. I knew of one. He came back to Japan in a box.

    His Japanese co-workers were not too surprised - they knew his personality. Can't know the facts of this case, since only a few people were in on the original conversation. The manager may have been a jerk. Or, maybe, the Chinese manager who told everybody what he said just made it up to get even with him over some unrelated dispute. Either way, the company will have to pull him out of China.

    Posted in: Chinese workers strike over Japanese boss' war denial

  • 3

    commanteer

    There are a lot of sleazy Japanese in other countries that take advantage of Japanese tourists. Unfortunate, but Japanese are too trusting of other Japanese. Especially when they meet overseas, their guard goes way down in that respect. So far as accommodations, I have seen some pretty dodgy "youth hostels" around the world. Australia is expensive these days, and this may have been one of the best deals in town. Not saying that to support the owner, but for the kids it's just basic economics.

    Posted in: Japanese, Korean backpackers found living in squalor after Sydney fire

  • 0

    commanteer

    Good luck with that. Never heard of anyone going to America for the food, and can't see it happening anytime soon. While there are good restaurants, Americans in general don't appreciate fine cuisine, or even good food. Unless there's a cultural shift, it will stay that way.

    Posted in: Seeking food tourism, U.S. deploys 'chef corps' to Asia

  • -1

    commanteer

    All of the "studies" claiming that university graduates earn more are flawed. Correlation is not causation. Generally, people who attend college are more motivated than those who don't - so the studies are comparing two groups of people that have differences regardless of college.

    And, of course, these studies make a great sales tool for the schools.

    One could say it's a good investment because most companies still require a college degree to get in the door, however irrelevant to the job it may be. But that is changing, especially in the fastest growing tech industries. With non-college grads routinely making millions with new companies (Steve Jobs and Bill Gates being the 2 most prominent examples), there is less importance placed on degrees.

    Especially when you factor in the high cost (both time and money), there is a good case to be made for skipping university altogether in most cases.

    If you have a specific reason, such as wanting to become a doctor, it's a another story. You need university. But for the vast majority, college is just a way to waste 4 years of life and a pile of money while learning to "join the herd."

    I'd prefer a high school graduate who thinks and reads good books regularly over the typical college graduate who has mostly read what he has been told to read, most of it irrelevant to real life. Sorry, but I think - in most cases - college is one of the biggest scams going.

    Posted in: Is a college degree still worth it?

  • 17

    commanteer

    You really have to laugh at their complete lack of self-reflection.

    Posted in: Ishihara, old guard launch Next Generation Party

  • 0

    commanteer

    This is really just common sense. Protect your phone, delete the history. Do whatever is necessary. And that's the least of it. Don't forget to make it a regular routine to shower at odd hours and do your own laundry. Smells, hairs, lipstick, unusual behavior, unusual schedules, being seen in unusual places... the list goes on. Don't cheat unless you are ready to cover your tracks - and that takes a lot of work, a good memory, a high tolerance for stress and constant vigilance.

    That's why I don't do it.

    Posted in: Cheaters beware – 30% of Japanese women have checked boyfriend’s cell phone

  • 0

    commanteer

    You do know that recent research has revealed that they were completely wrong about the "dangers" of saturated fat. Lots of new info on that.

    Posted in: Gene flaws may protect against heart disease

  • 1

    commanteer

    Are you upset about Hiroshima and the the bank being protected? No? Then why make an issue out of this? Oh right, because it's China and they're always bad, right?

    Or maybe it's because these moves to remember the past are not a way of remembering the victims, but a way too create hate for a useful "enemy." The Chinese government doesn't care about the women who may have been here. Women, children, men and animals are abused in China daily... right now. No need to go back 70 years to find victims. However this is useful is keeping people's minds off the current practices of Chinese government officers.

    The Chinese government doesn't want to sort things out with Japan. They like having the distraction, and many would enjoy spilling Japanese blood. They have said so.

    There are some very unpleasant people in powerful positions in China. And they are not constrained by democracy.

    Posted in: China preserves WWII Japanese military brothel

  • -1

    commanteer

    Let's see, China, home to some of the largest brothels in the world, including many trafficking in young girls, wants to preserve this 70 year old brothel. Why exactly?

    Posted in: China preserves WWII Japanese military brothel

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